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FIREFIGHTER-EMT, IN-DEPTH: You Gotta Be A Bit Of An Adrenaline Junky

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John, a firefighter-EMT, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. A requirement for this job according to John? "You gotta be a little bit of an adrenaline junky." Making a positive difference in people's lives is a great perk too.

Degree: Fire and Emergency Service Administration
Job Title: Firefighter-EMT
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Firefighters

Job Description

Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Firefighters must usually be certified as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic level.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Varies Widely, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Courageous, Strength/stamina, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fire Protection
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